2012 NFL Draft: Comparing First-Round Prospects to NFL Players

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2012 NFL Draft: Comparing First-Round Prospects to NFL Players
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The 2012 NFL Draft is expected to be one of the best since the beginning of the 21st century. Players such as Andrew Luck, Matt Kalil, Morris Claiborne, Trent Richardson and Robert Griffin III will be among the first players selected, all of whom are expected to go on to have long, Pro Bowl-filled careers.

However, there will be players that will turn out to be busts or have average careers. As writers, we misjudge players and think that every single one of them will go on to have solid careers in the NFL.

Unfortunately, that is not the case, as some players just turn out to be mediocre. For instance, people once thought that Ryan Leaf would be the next Dan Marino, and we all know how that turned out. Not to mention, JaMarcus Russell was thought to become one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, and look at him now. Tony Mandarich and Brian Bosworth were great players in college, and many scouts and writers thought that they would end up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It happened to be just the opposite.

There are a number of things that make a player who they are: the coaching staff, the system they play in and of course, their attributes. Some players either just don't have it or have poor luck.

In this slideshow, I will compare first-round prospects to current NFL players, and yes, there will be some players that may end up having paltry professional careers.

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